I had agreed to go out on a blind date with my girlfriend and her boy friend. The evening started out at a drive-in and my friend and the guys started drinking and doing drugs. I had one beer because I didn't go in for that kind of stuff. My girlfriend and her boyfriend eventually passed out in the back seat. When we left the drive-in, I was so glad to be going home because I had spent most of the night fending this guy off. I didn't notice right away that he wasn't going the right way. I said to him, you're going the wrong way. He said I have to make a stop first. Next thing I know he stops and all around us is just woods. He got out of the car, came around to my side, and said get out. I said why then he just grabbed my arm and pulled me out. I yelled for my friend but she was passed out and didn't respond.
He dragged me into the woods I don't know how far. I remember crying and asking him to let me go. He must have hit me and knocked me out because this is where my experience began. It felt like I walked through a door of some kind. It was all dark but not a scary dark. I didn't feel fear; I felt calm and started to wonder where I was. All of a sudden, there was a very bright light. As I turned toward the light, the things that happened next happened really fast. This voice came out of the light and at the same time, I slammed back in my body. I felt my lips move. The voice in the light said I'll quit crying. At that moment I became aware that he was sitting on top of me, he had been punching me in the face. With what I said, he immediately stopped and let me get up. Something in my head kept telling me to get to the car. I didn't know where the car was. It was as if something was directing me as I got to my feet and started moving. I saw two people standing there but they had long robes on and it was a woman and man. The only thing I thought when I saw them was 'who are they' and 'how strange' Then that voice in my head said 'Get to the car.' Somehow, I don't know how I did it, but I made it to the car, and finally woke my friend. I am glad to say I survived but I know that I wouldn't have if not for the help I received.
Date NDE Occurred: 1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes attempted rape Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From the time I stepped into the darkness.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? People I saw I somehow know they were not human form, plus the light, I have never seen such a light before.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain I felt like stepped through something.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The man and woman that were standing there watching me somehow I knew they were there for me.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It started very bright and was a distance away and than it stared coming closer and the brightness intensified.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, peaceful.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Lutheran
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Lutheran
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes More appreciative of others and how fragile life can be.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with a girlfriend about twenty years later.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I just know because I watched it as it was happening.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. The same reason I know that someone, be it God or whatever, intervened or I would not be here today. Because I didn't mention in my story but I was beat up really bad I passed out twice before I got home.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No